Joseph Kimball, Piano Tuner and his grandson Ric Johnson
The Minneapolis Newspapers Collection (formerly the “Times Morgue File”) is a huge collection of photographs and news articles from Minneapolis newspapers from 1920-1950 housed in the Special Collections dept. Most of the file is about individuals. On a recent tour of the dept with other Hennepin County Library staff, IT Specialist Ric Johnson wondered if there might be a file in this collection on his grandfather, Joseph Kimball. Sure enough, there was a folder with two excellent black & white portraits and several news clippings.
Minneapolis resident Joseph Kimball was a blind piano tuner and concert baritone who performed as far away as New York. When Joseph died in 1939, his daughter (Ric’s mother) was only 16 years old. The family had no photographs of Joseph as Ric’s mother was the only sighted member of the family. “This was the first time my brother, sister and I had ever seen him,” said Ric. “I spent an hour and a half with my mother and heard more about her father then I’d ever heard before. She didn’t know about those articles and doesn’t remember him going to New York… but she was only 4 years old.”
This is great!
May Day Parade
Messing with Google Map in the Suburbs
Jeroen Nelemans, “Higher Definition”
OAK PARK, Illinois — You’re driving to a suburb that you don’t…
Rehearsal for the May Day Parade and Ceremony. Coming next Sunday, May 5th
Tuesday vs Saturday
The May Day Parade is only two weeks away, on Sunday 5/5! Don’t let the lingering snow fool you!
More people are needed to be IN the parade. Lots of ways to join in.
Come to any of the workshops on Tue and Thu nights, and Saturday mornings or afternoons. All at Heart of the Beast Theater on Lake Street.
Somehow there are supposed to be boats on this frozen lake in 12 days for the May Day Parade
via Brian Hart on Facebook, with the caption “Minnesota, motherfucker”
1980s Coors ad.
May Day Parade workshop